In the Twin Cities, March might not look quite like spring, but before you know it, warmer weather will be right around the corner. That’s why now is an excellent time to ensure your air conditioner is in proper working order.

A/C cleaning, a thorough inspection, and parts maintenance are all critical steps in making sure your HVAC system is ready for summer. What steps do you need to take to get your system ready for the heat? The experts at Dust Doctors share a quick checklist below.

Schedule A/C Cleaning

If you have a central cooling system, you should be scheduling a/c cleaning annually. Dirty condenser and evaporator coils can decrease the unit’s efficiency by up to 30%, so keeping them clean will help control your energy bills.

While you can certainly attempt a/c cleaning on your own, hiring a professional is almost always a better option. The pros can alert you to potential parts issues you may not readily recognize, so you can have the appropriate air conditioner repairs performed on the spot.

Replace Your Air Filters

You’ve been changing your HVAC filters throughout winter, right? If so, continue on with your normal replacement schedule. If you’ve neglected filter replacements, though, there’s no time like the present to install a fresh filter.

Ideally, you should examine the filter(s) once a month to determine if replacement is necessary. Hold the filter up to the light and if you can’t see light pass through it, it’s time to change it out for a new one. Don’t allow the filter to sit for more than 90 days as debris accumulation can interfere with the cleanliness and efficiency of your cooling system.

Schedule Duct Cleaning

If you’ve never had your ductwork cleaned, spring is a great time to get it done. Duct cleaning not only ensures the interior of your air ducts are free of debris, but it also keeps particulate matter out of the indoor air you and your family breathe.

If you’re not new to professional duct cleaning, you should have the service performed about every two years. Again, spring is a great time to schedule the service as part of your routine spring cleaning activities.

Inspect Ducts for Damage

How did your furnace perform over the winter? Did you notice your energy bills seemed higher than normal? If so, your ductwork may be to blame. Even small cracks or holes in the ducts can allow plenty of conditioned air to escape. When air can escape the system, your cooling system must work longer and harder than necessary to keep your home at a constant temperature.

Typically, ductwork lasts for around 10-15 years, so if yours is reaching the end of its functional life, it may be time to consider having it replaced. If you’re looking to achieve maximum a/c efficiency this summer, replacing deteriorated ductwork can make a massive difference.

Need A/C Cleaning in the Twin Cities? Schedule an Appointment With Dust Doctors

If you’re ready to get your a/c system prepared for the summer heat, get in touch with our team at Dust Doctors today. We specialize in a/c cleaning, repair, and comprehensive duct cleaning and serve homes throughout the Twin Cities metro. To learn more about our services, feel free to give us a call at 651-319-9777 or contact us online. You can also request a free quote if you’re ready to get started!

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